Casey Kasem’s Death Focuses Attention On Elder Abuse
The recent death of a beloved icon once again brings to light the tragedy of elder abuse. Casey Kasem came into teen households every week through his long-time radio show "American Top 40". Teens listened intently in the hopes that a boyfriend or girlfriend would send a long distance dedication and to see what number their favorite songs were that week. Those who were not fortunate enough to follow Kasem on "American Top 40" could enjoy his talent as the voice of "Shaggy" in Scooby Doo. Kasem passed away at the age of 82 from the effects of Lewy Body disease which is a form of dementia. It has been reported the Kasem's wife had removed him from a nursing home and taken him to another state, isolating him from his four children. One of Kasem's daughters said the removal of Kasem from the nursing home sped up the decline of his condition. Kasem was reportedly without proper medical care for several weeks before his daughter was able to locate him and return him to the hospital where he was found to be suffering from sepsis, bed sores and late-stage dementia. When Kasem was first diagnosed with Lewy Body disease he signed a Critical Care Directive giving his daughter the right to make decisions concerning his medical care in the event he was unable to do so.